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Growing Jostaberries

Growing Jostaberries

Jostaberry

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 Hardy and productive fruiting shrubs developed by crossing Currant and Gooseberry. Fruit is high in vitamin C and is excellent for juice, jam, jelly, and desserts. Hardy in zones 3 to 8. Store bare root plants in a cool area out of direct sun. Can hydrate by soaking roots in water for a few hours before planting. Plant outdoors 4 to 8 weeks before the last frost in spring. Loosen the soil 12 to 18 inches deep and wide enough to fit all the roots. Add compost or other organic matter to loosened soil and mix well. Trim off damaged or broken roots, and spread roots out evenly without bending. Plant slightly deeper than when grown in the nursery.

Maintenance

Plant in full sun. Prefers a cool climate and moist, fertile, well-drained soils. Benefits from mulching and afternoon shade in hot climates. Self-fruitful and does not require a pollinator. Needs annual pruning in late winter to early spring to keep plants productive and vigorous. Remove weak or crowded canes and those 4 or more years old. Early spring flowering, and flowers can be damaged by late frosts.

Fertilizer Recommendations

Use Gromax Fertilizer Tablets 20-10-5 (51165) or low rates of Algoflash All-Purpose Liquid Fertilizer 6-6-6 (51085), Neptune Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1 (51221), or Osmocote 14-14-14 (51173).

Alternative Products

Other fruiting shrubs are Currant, Gooseberry, and Nero Aronia (20085).

Complimentary Products

Low fertility needs, but benefits from yearly fertilization. Less commonly-grown fruiting shrubs include Honeyberry and Leikora Sea Berry / Sea Buckthorn (30439).

Product Recommendations

Use Bird-X Netting to protect fruit from bird damage.

Jostaberry Facts

Easy-to-grow and naturally disease and pest resistant. Fruit flavor is between Black Currant and Gooseberry. Jostaberry was developed to be a large-fruited, flavorful, thornless berry with the best qualities of both Currant and Gooseberry.

 

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